25 Years IWH

Felix Pohle

Felix Pohle
Current Position

since 9/15

Economist in the Department of Macroeconomics

Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH) – Member of the Leibniz Association

since 9/15

Assistant to the Vice President  

Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH) – Member of the Leibniz Association

Research Interests

  • dynamic macroeconomics
  • labour economics

Felix Pohle joined the Department of Macroeconomics as a PhD student and assistant to the Vice President in September 2015.

He studied economics at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and graduated from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in 2012. His master’s thesis focused on labour markets specifications in a dynamic stochastic general equilibrium framework. Felix Pohle was a member of the risk management department in a pharmaceutical company before returning to academics.

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Publications

Recent Publications

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Employment Effects of Introducing a Minimum Wage: The Case of Germany

Oliver Holtemöller Felix Pohle

in: IWH Discussion Papers, No. 28, 2017

Abstract

This paper contributes to the empirical literature on the employment effects of minimum wages. We analysed the introduction of a statutory minimum wage in Germany in 2015 exploiting cross-sectional variation of the minimum wage affectedness. We construct two variables that measure the affectedness for approximately 300 state-industry combinations based on aggregate monthly income data. The estimation strategy consists of two steps. We test for (unidentified) structural breaks in a model with cross-section specific trends to control for state-industry specific developments prior to 2015. In a second step, we test whether the trend deviations are correlated with the minimum wage affectedness. To identify the minimum wage effect on employment, we assume that the minimum wage introduction is exogenous. Our results point towards a negative effect on marginal employment and a positive effect on socially insured employment. Furthermore, we analyse if the increase in socially insured employment is systematically related to the reduction of marginal employment but do not detect evidence.

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Aktuelle Trends: Fremdenfeindlichkeit als Standortnachteil im Osten? Besonders viele rechtsextremistisch motivierte Gewalttaten in den Neuen Ländern

Oliver Holtemöller Felix Pohle

in: Wirtschaft im Wandel, No. 5, 2016

Abstract

Ostdeutschland steht mit anderen Regionen im Wettbewerb um gut qualifizierte Arbeitskräfte. Insbesondere wissensintensive Bereiche <br />(z. B. Universitäten, Forschungseinrichtungen und technologieorientierte Unternehmen) profitieren stark von qualifizierten Fachkräften aus der ganzen Welt.

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Wie können wir den Wettbewerb im Dienstleistungsbereich ankurbeln – ein Tagungsbericht

Oliver Holtemöller Felix Pohle Andreas Schmalzbauer

in: Wirtschaft im Wandel, No. 4, 2016

Abstract

Am 6. Juli 2016 veranstaltete das Leibniz-Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Halle (IWH) zusammen mit der Vertretung der Europäischen Kommission in Deutschland eine Konferenz zum Thema “Wie können wir den Wettbewerb im Dienstleistungssektor ankurbeln?”. In den Räumlichkeiten der Leibniz-Gemeinschaft in Berlin tauschten etwa 60 Teilnehmer aus Wissenschaftseinrichtungen, Ministerien, der EU-Kommission und anderen Organisationen ihr Wissen und ihre Sicht zu Reformen des Dienstleistungssektors in Deutschland aus.

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Working Papers

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Employment Effects of Introducing a Minimum Wage: The Case of Germany

Oliver Holtemöller Felix Pohle

in: IWH Discussion Papers, No. 28, 2017

Abstract

This paper contributes to the empirical literature on the employment effects of minimum wages. We analysed the introduction of a statutory minimum wage in Germany in 2015 exploiting cross-sectional variation of the minimum wage affectedness. We construct two variables that measure the affectedness for approximately 300 state-industry combinations based on aggregate monthly income data. The estimation strategy consists of two steps. We test for (unidentified) structural breaks in a model with cross-section specific trends to control for state-industry specific developments prior to 2015. In a second step, we test whether the trend deviations are correlated with the minimum wage affectedness. To identify the minimum wage effect on employment, we assume that the minimum wage introduction is exogenous. Our results point towards a negative effect on marginal employment and a positive effect on socially insured employment. Furthermore, we analyse if the increase in socially insured employment is systematically related to the reduction of marginal employment but do not detect evidence.

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